Columbia, Mo. - A pair of legendary former coaches, along with four former standout student-athletes, have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 18th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990. Additionally, former men's basketball coach Norm Stewart will also be recognized for his coaching achievements at MU, to go along with his previous induction as a student-athlete.
Here is a look at this year's inductees, with more extensive biographical information to follow:
CLASS OF 2007
Dianne Berg - Volleyball (1983-85) [Native of Moose Lake, Minn.]
One of the alltime greats in program history who still holds numerous records some 20-plus years after her playing days;
Christian Cantwell - Track & Field (2000-03) [Native of Eldon, Mo.]
Arguably the most decorated track and field athlete in school history who has gone on to become the world's top-ranked shot putter in his professional career;
Conrad Goode - Football (1980-83) [Native of St. Louis, Mo.]
All-American offensive lineman in 1983 who played on three bowl teams and joins his father, Conrad Hitcher, in the MU Hall of Fame;
Charles Henke - Men's Basketball (1959-61) [Native of Malta Bend, Mo.]
Smalltown Missouri native who became one of the first true dominant centers in program history, earning All-American honors in 1961;
Charles "Jake" Jacobson - Gymnastics Coach (1979-99) [Native of Des Moines, Iowa]
The father of Mizzou Gymnastics who took the program from scratch and helped develop and market it into one of local and national prominence;
Joann Rutherford - Women's Basketball Coach (1976-98) [Native of Pittsburg, Kan.]
Winningest women's basketball coach at Mizzou who won four regular-season Big 8 titles and five post-season league trophies, and was the Big 8 Coach of the Decade in the 1980s;
Norm Stewart - Men's Basketball Coach (1967-99) [Native of Shelbyville, Mo.]
Winningest coach in MU history who is being recognized for his coaching resume - was previously inducted only as an athlete previously as part of the inaugural 1990 class.
Of special note is the honoring of Norm Stewart, who will be recognized for his legendary coaching achievements at his alma mater. Stewart is already enshrined in the MU Athletics Hall of Fame, as part of the Hall's inaugural class of 1990, but previously was included only as a student-athlete. Hall bylaws preclude an individual from being inducted until they are five years removed from coaching, and when Stewart was inducted in 1990, he was still in the middle of his coaching days at Mizzou. He will not be considered a new inductee, but his induction information will be updated to reflect his coaching resume.
The induction dinner will be held Fri., Feb. 1st, 2008, at the Courtyard by Marriott. A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Amy Carroll in the Tiger Development Office, at (573) 884-6475. The class will be further honored during halftime ceremonies at the next day's men's basketball game, Feb. 2nd, against Kansas State.
The Hall's constitution and bylaws express its purpose - "...to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives, the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics."
As called for in the Hall of Fame bylaws, former student-athletes are not eligible for consideration until five years after they complete their competitive career at Missouri. Coaches and staff members must have spent at least five years working at Mizzou, and also have a five-year waiting period.
The current class will up the membership to 160 individuals and two national championship teams in the Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored in a display located in the main entrance at Mizzou Arena.
Nominations are accepted year-round by sending support material to: Chad Moller, Director of Athletic Media Relations, Mizzou Athletics, P.O. Box 677, Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Following are biographical sketches of each inductee...
Came to Mizzou from rural Moose Lake, Minn. as an unpolished talent, but used an impeccable work ethic and drive to become a leader of a program still in its early stages ... Named 1st-Team All-Big Eight in both 1983 and 1985, and also earned Big Eight All-Tournament Team honors in 1983 ... Was the program's first-ever Academic All-American, earning the honor in 1985 ... Also earned Academic All-Big Eight honors in both 1984 and 1985 ... Despite 20-plus years having passed since she played, still holds many records and a significant place on the school match, season and career records listings ... Holds the MU career record for solo blocks (124), and still ranks second today in block assists (320), total blocks (444), blocks per game (1.40) and hitting percentage (.308) ... Is the MU season record holder in solo blocks (56), block assists (173), total blocks (229) and blocks per game (1.99) ... Also still ranks among the top-10 season leaders in digs, digs per game, service aces and hitting percentage ... Holds MU single-match records for digs, block solos and block assists to this day, as well ... Was a co-captain as a senior ... Was a reserve on a team that was ranked as high as #15 in 1982 and won 26 matches - the fourth-most in school history ... The 1983 team she starred on equaled that feat as well ... After graduating from Mizzou, went on to earn a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois, and currently works at the University of Minnesota.
Men's Track & Field, 2000-03
One of the most dominant track athletes in Mizzou's proud history ... Earned seven All-America honors, six with the shot and one with the discus, and currently stands as the most-decorated Mizzou male athlete in terms of All-American certificates (tied with Chidi Imoh) ... Scored three top-three NCAA finishes with the shot (2002 indoor, 2003 indoor, and 2003 outdoor) ... NCAA runner-up at 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. ... Was a six-time Big 12 Champion, with five conference crowns coming from the outdoor shot put, and the other from the weight throw in 2003 ... Scored a career-best 20 points at the 2002 Outdoor Big 12 Championship in Columbia (shot put: 1st, hammer throw: 3rd, discus: 5th) ... Was the 2003 NCAA Mideast Region Champion in the shot put, and holds school records in both indoor and outdoor shot put and the weight throw ... Qualified for the 2000 USATF Olympic Trials his freshman season and went on to win 2000 Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors ... Wrapped up senior season by winning the 2003 IAAF World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco ... Was a two-time Drake Relays Champion as a collegian, and has won five total in his career which is tied for eighth all-time among all events at the prestigious meet ... Along with Russ Bell and Micah Shanks, became the first and only trio on the same team in NCAA history to post 70-foot-plus weight throws in the same season ... After his collegiate days, became Mizzou's first World Champion in taking the 2004 IAAF Indoor World Shot Put Championship in 2004 in Budapest, Hungary, and has been a three-time USATF Champion (2004 and 2007 indoor, 2005 outdoor) ... Had five of the top 10 throws in the World in 2007, seven of the top 10 in 2006, including the top three overall, three of the top 10 in 2005, and four of the top five throws in 2004, including his personal best of 73 feet, 11 inches (22.45m).
Powerful and athletic offensive tackle who won All-American honors in 1983 for his play on the line ... Was a first-team All-Big Eight selection during his senior season of 1983, and was a big part of Missouri teams that appeared in three bowl games (1980 Liberty, 1981 Tangerine, 1983 Holiday) during his time ... Was a team captain in 1983 and was selected to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine all-star game following 1983 season ... Played in the NFL with the New York Giants (1984-85) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987-89) and later moved to California, where he has been a successful actor in Hollywood following his professional football days ... Joins his father, Conrad Hitchler, who was inducted into MU's Hall of Fame in 1999 for his own standout football career at Mizzou ... Last name is pronounced "GOOD-eee."
Men's Basketball, 1959-61
One of the first great "big men" in Mizzou's proud basketball tradition who was a dominant scorer and rebounder in his day ... Was an All-American as a senior in 1961, and also claimed All-Big Eight honors in both 1960 and 1961 for his play ... Scored 1,338 points in his career, which stood as the MU record until 1973, and he still ranks 16th on the MU career scoring chart despite some 45-plus years having passed since he last played ... Gathered 725 career rebounds, and ranks 5th on MU's career rebounding average list, with a solid 9.8 rebounds per game ... Led Mizzou in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in both 1960 and 1961 ... Was voted a team co-captain during his senior season of 1961 ... Later was selected in the 4th round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers ... Last name is pronounced "HAY-nk."
CHARLES "JAKE" JACOBSON
Gymnastics Coach, 1979-99
The father of Missouri gymnastics, who was named the first head coach of the Missouri gymnastics program in 1979, and built the program from scratch into a nationally-prominent one during his 20 years at the helm ... Not only was he a successful coach, he was arguably even more successful in marketing the sport of gymnastics, and growing support on a local and regional basis ... Had a career record of 229-198-1 in the regular season, and led his teams to 13 NCAA Regional appearances ... Was the 1990 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year and also won the same award as part of the Big 12 in 1999 ... Directed Missouri to the 1992 Big Eight championship, and his team claimed the NCAA Central Regional title in 1981 and advanced to the NCAA National Championships ... Coached two-time All-American and 1991 Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year Julie Dorn ... Guided 30 gymnasts to all-conference honors and five to regional championship titles ... Founded three premier meets - Shakespeare's Festival, the Corvette Cup and the Cat Classic, which is still held today ... Did virtually all of the marketing of his program, as well as these meets, on his own, in addition to his coaching duties ... Fostered the popularity of the Cat Classic, which set a program attendance record of 10,562 in 1987 that still stands today ... Helped the gymnastics program to become Missouri's third-highest grossing athletic program by the time he retired in 1999.
Women's Basketball Coach, 1976-98
A pioneer of the women's basketball game at Mizzou, who is the winningest women's basketball coach at the school, with 422 career wins (422-263 overall, .617 winning percentage) in 23 seasons ... Took over as head coach just one year after the program was established at the varsity level, and Mizzou enjoyed winning seasons under her direction in 19 of her 23 years at the helm, claiming Big Eight Conference championships in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1990 ... Her teams also claimed five conference tournament titles, winning it all in 1978, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1994 ... Was named Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1984, 1985 and 1990 for her efforts, and was also tabbed as the Big Eight Coach of the Decade for the 1980s, when her teams went a combined 213-98 (.685 winning percentage) ... Her career wins total of 422 ranked among the NCAA's top 35 alltime at the time of her retirement ... Her teams won 20 or more games 11 times, including an impressive stretch from 1977-87 where they did so 10 times in 11 seasons ... Mizzou reached six NCAA Tournaments under Rutherford's direction (reaching the Elite Eight in 1982) and four times finished a season ranked among the AP top 20, including 11th in 1984, 13th in 1978, 15th in 1983, and 20th in 1982 ... Mizzou appeared in the AP top-20 poll for 37 consecutive weeks from 1982-85 ... Had an amazing stretch from 1983-84 to 1986-87, where the Tigers won Big Eight titles in three of the four years, going 25-6 overall (12-2 in Big Eight play) in 1983-84, 22-9 overall (12-2) in 1984-85, 20-12 overall (8-5) in 1985-86, and 20-9 overall (9-5) in 1986-87 ... Nine of MU's 13 first-team all-conference players trained under Rutherford, including alltime greats Joni Davis and Renee Kelly, who are the only two Tigers to have their jerseys retired ... Highly-regarded among her peers, Rutherford served on many high-level national committees, and coached the South team in 1986 to a gold medal in the U.S. Olympic Festival ... She also coached the 1987 U.S. Junior National team that won the Jones Cup gold medal ... Also served as the department's Senior Woman Administrator during the latter part of her career at MU.
Men's Basketball Coach, 1967-99
Stewart, who was inducted into the MU Hall of Fame solely as a standout basketball student-athlete in 1990, is being recognized for his coaching achievements ... One of college basketball's great all-time and most successful coaches, "Stormin'" Norm Stewart won 634 games in 32 seasons at his alma mater, coaching from 1967-99 (634-333 overall at MU) ... His overall coaching record of 731-375 in 38 seasons (with six years at the State College of Iowa, now Northern Iowa) left him in seventh place on the NCAA Division I alltime wins list at the time of his retirement ... Only two coaches had coached in more games than Stewart's 1,106 when he stepped down on April 1, 1999 ... At Mizzou, Stewart won more games in his 32 seasons - 634 - than had been won in the 60 years combined of the program's history prior to him taking over - 630 from 1907-67 ... Stewart's teams won 20 or more games 17 times (the only 17 such occurrences in MU history at the time), including a school-record 29 wins during the 1988-89 season ... Stewart won eight Big Eight Conference championships and six conference tournament titles ... He was voted by the Associated Press and the Kansas City Star as the all-time coach of the Big Eight era (1958-96) ... Stewart's teams produced 28 first-team all-conference selections, eight first-team all-Americans and 29 NBA Draft choices, including nine in the first round ... Stewart was involved as a player, assistant or head coach in 1,127 of the 2,151 games played in MU's history at the time of his retirement in 1999 - meaning he'd had a hand in more than 50 percent of the games ever played at the school at the time ... Earned district Coach of the Year honors seven times, and was named UPI national Coach of the Year in 1982, in addition to earning the same in 1994 from six different organizations, including the Associated Press ... The 1993-94 season was perhaps Stewart's greatest coaching achievement, as he helped guide the Tigers to a perfect 14-0 record in the Big Eight Conference, and his eighth league title ... That was one of two Stewart-led teams which reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament (1976, 1994) ... Missed part of the 1989-90 season due to a health condition that turned out to be cancer that he beat ... That fight led him to help found Coaches vs. Cancer, an organization which continues today and has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment ... Will be inducted this November into the new College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo.